When Drug Money, Gangs and Politics mix – Worries in Barbados
The Chairman of the Barbados Youth Development Council made a surprising remark last Friday and said in public what many folks have whispered to each other privately. Roger Husbands came right up to the line for public comment in Barbados, and even more surprising The Nation printed some of what he said…
POLITICIANS are either “getting assistance” to keep quiet about gang activities in their constituencies, or they just don’t care, says Roger Husbands.
Speaking yesterday during a quarterly meeting for the Barbados Youth Development Council, chairman Husbands blasted politicians…
… from The Nation article MPs urged to face gang problems in districts
In Barbados it is legal for drug dealers to make secret “campaign donations” to Members of Parliament
Roger Husbands is to be admired for his courage and straight talking – which we’ve seen reported before in Ian Bourne’s Gangs of Barbados article.
Now Mr. Husbands has made new remarks and his concerns are especially timely considering that as I write this article Jamaica is aflame with riots and shooting as drug gangs battle police for control of the streets – and it’s all about drug money injected into politics.
The news in Jamaica is about the relationship between Prime Minister Bruce Golding and the murderous drug dealer ‘businessman’ Christopher “Dudus” Coke. If the news stories are to be believed, Dudus Coke the gang leader was a big political supporter of PM Golding, and in return Jamaican government contracts were given to the “legitimate businessman” Mr. Coke.
The folks over at Jamaica and the World blog are asking Prime Minister Golding’s wife Lorna Golding what she meant when she told people to “read between the lines”…
“Is it that Bruce received a reminder from ‘Dudus’ that he, Dudus, made him, Bruce, the M.P. for West Kingston ? And can make him the “former M.P. of West Kingston” anytime….. (snip)
… Or should we read between the lines and stop feeling sorry for Bruce, who having sold out to Dudus so he could be PM, has now turned around and sold out Dudus in order to remain PM for a few more weeks and months ?
Approving the extradition order for Dudus was the cross…. Now we’re waiting to find out what’s the DOUBLE CROSS.”
… from the Jamaica and the World article Reading between the lines with Lorna Golding (and Dudus Coke)
Drug Gangs and Political Financing in Barbados – Barbados politicians don’t have to account for money they receive, and there are no laws about who can “donate” and how much.
Roger Husbands’ statements to the Barbados Youth Development Council are a warning. Barbados has no campaign financing laws. There is no transparency. There are no rules. No integrity legislation. No conflict of interest laws. No restrictions on who can give how much money to politicians.
No rules and it’s all done in secret. That’s the Barbados political financing reality.
Mr. Husbands is right to be worried that drug gangs are part of the financing to Barbados politicians, and that the gangs might be protected in return.
We’ve all heard the whispers, but now a respected community leader has said those whispers out loud.
What will Barbados Members of Parliament do about it?